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'''Sam John Hopkins''' (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982[ Allmusic biography]), better known as '''Lightnin’ Hopkins''', was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas. ''Rolling Stone'' magazine included Hopkins at number 71 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Musicologist Robert "Mack" McCormick opined that Hopkins "is the embodiment of the jazz-and-poetry spirit, representing its ancient form in the single creator whose words and music are one act".
Birth nameSam John Hopkins
Alias| birth_date = {{Birth date|1912|03|15}}
Centerville, Texas, United States
Death date{{death date and age|1982|01|30|1912|03|15}}
Houston, Texas, United States
Origin| instrument = Guitar Piano organ (music)|Organ
GenreElectric blues, country blues, Texas Blues
OccupationGuitarist, singer-songwriter
Years active1946–1981
LabelAladdin Records (US)|Aladdin, Modern Records|Modern/RPM Records (USA)|RPM, Gold Star Records|Gold Star, Sittin' in With/Jax, Mercury Records|Mercury, Decca Records|Decca, Herald Records|Herald, Folkways Records|Folkways, Pacific Jazz Records|World Pacific, Vee-Jay Records|Vee-Jay, Arhoolie Records|Arhoolie, Bluesville Records|Bluesville, Tradition Records|Tradition, Fire Records|Fire, Candid Records|Candid, Imperial Records|Imperial, Prestige Records|Prestige, Verve Records|Verve, Jewel Records (Shreveport record label)|Jewel
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